Alabama's Nelson On Watch List

LUBBOCK, Texas – Alabama junior right-hander Jimmy Nelson has been named to the initial 2010 Pitcher of the Year watch list, the College Baseball Foundation and Hall of Fame announced. The award will be presented in Lubbock, Texas, on July 2 as part of the College Baseball Awards Show.

Nelson has had a remarkable season to date, posting a 4-0 record and 1.26 ERA in his first five starts for Alabama. The Niceville, Fla., native has worked 28 2/3 innings and allowed four runs and 22 hits with 31 strikeouts and eight walks. He has held opponents to a .218 batting average.

"This is a well-deserved honor of Jimmy," Alabama Coach Mitch Gaspard said. "This shows the kind of season he is having on the mound. Jimmy has worked extremely hard and has done a tremendous job on the mound. He has played a big part in our success this season."

He has posted wins over Illinois-Chicago, College of Charleston, Stony Brook and No. 16 Vanderbilt this season. He threw back-to-back shutouts at Charleston (March 6) and against Stony Brook (March 13) this season. Nelson also had a streak of 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings over four starts against UIC, Charleston, Stony Brook and Vanderbilt.

Nelson ranks second in the Southeastern Conference in fewest runs allowed (4), third in wins (4) and earned run average (1.26), eighth in strikeouts (31), 10th in innings pitched (28 2/3) and 11th in opponents batting average (.218) this season.

He is the No. 2 starter on an Alabama pitching staff that leads the league in wins (16) and ranks second in the league in earned run average (3.04).

Nelson is one of only eight SEC pitchers named to the initial watch list this season.

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